Regulatory Experimentation Expense Fund

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Project Eligibility

The Regulatory Experimentation Expense Fund (REEF) is a fund to help regulators innovate or support innovation in the marketplace by experimenting with:

  • Innovative approaches to any stage(s) of the regulatory lifecycle (issue definition and instrument choice, regulatory development, administration, compliance/enforcement, and review/evaluation)
  • Market innovations (e.g., products, business models, services.)

All stages of regulatory experimentation are supported, including:

  • determining whether an experiment would be the right approach
  • developing a regulatory experiment (e.g., scope, evidence needs, experimental process, data collection methods)
  • conducting a regulatory experiment

What can the REEF offer?

Regulators can receive:

  • financial support to offset expenses associated with experimenting. Up to $1,400,000 per fiscal year with multi-year funding is available.
  • technical advice and guidance to help you navigate your specific situation.

The REEF Process

Step 2: Expression of Interest

Departments submit a high-level Expression of Interest (EOI) that is used by the CRI to determine the eligibility of the project. To be eligible for funding, proposed experiments must clearly demonstrate how their funding request meets the criteria as outlined in the REEF Guide. It is highly recommended that applicants informally confirm the eligibility of their project by scheduling an informal consultation with the CRI before completing an EOI. EOI submissions are due January 16, 2024.

Any Government of Canada regulator may apply for funding. Priority will be given to experiments where regulators have identified collaboration with regulated entities or other businesses with the aim of bringing applications of new and emerging technologies into the Canadian marketplace or enhancing competitiveness.

The EOI provides a brief overview of the proposed experiment or pre-experimentation project and amount of funding requested. The EOI should not take more than a few hours to complete. If you have questions on how to complete the EOI, it is recommended that you reach out to the CRI. EOIs should be submitted by email to The CRI will contact applicants as required if clarifications on the proposed experiment or pre-experimentation project are needed.

Step 3: Proposal Submission

Successful EOI applicants will be invited to complete a full proposal. Before developing a proposal, applicants should obtain the support of their Director General or above. The CRI supports applicants throughout the proposal development process. Regulators should refer to the Regulators’ Experimentation Toolkit to assist in identifying, designing, and carrying out regulatory experiments and sandboxes.

Proposals will be assessed, and final funding decisions will be determined by an interdepartmental Steering Committee, made up of representatives from TBS, Privy Council Office, Innovation Science and Economic Development, Transport Canada, Environment and Climate Change Canada, Health Canada, and the Community of Federal Regulators.

Step 4: Funding Decision

Funding will be available from April 2024 upon completion of a MOU with the successful applicant and TBS, and is made available on a cost recovery basis.

The department is responsible to forecast their expenses and include the spending schedule in the MOU. The department will be expected to submit scheduled invoices to TBS to recover the expenses incurred as well as submitting financial forecast to allow TBS to decommit the funds that the department no longer plans on recovering.

For more information on each step of the process, please see the REEF Guide.

Application Documents

REEF Ongoing Projects

Department/ Agency Project Title  Project Description
Transport Canada (TC) Light Sport Aircraft This experiment as proposed by TC involves setting up a sandbox to determine if Light Sport Aircraft, with appropriate conditions, are as reliable as other aircraft currently being used for the purpose of flight training and if the quality of training is as good, or better, than other aircraft currently used for pilot training. The experiment will also inform Transport Canada on potential additional conditions/measures that should be included in future exemptions or regulatory amendments.
Health Canada (HC) Advanced Therapeutic Products Framework for CAR-T Products Manufactured at the Point of Care The objective of the project is to test the use of a co-creation process to develop tailored requirements for a regulatory sandbox for HC’s Advanced Therapeutic Products pathway, for CAR-T products manufactured at point of care.
Click here to see a list of the CRI’s completed projects and experimentation reports